This is the single most important planning resource available for the Basin and Range Trail. You can use the GPX file to import into your favorite mapping platform, such as caltopo, and modify the route to fit your needs. You can create and print an updated PDF map set if you modify the route, and most importantly, you can use the supplied GPX file to navigate with in the field using your GPS or your smart phone, providing you have downloaded the necessary map tiles to use offline. This works extremely well!
- Standard Basin and Range Trail route
- Alternate routes
- Water sources, color coded by probability of having water, with notes for each
- Resupply points
- Navigational waypoints: turn by turn waypoints (except where hiking cross country) indicating when surface type changes between paved road, dirt road, 4×4 road, single track trail and cross country hiking
Included GPX Files:
Here’s a list of the GPX files included in this download. The “BRT Full Tracks And Waypoints” file includes all tracks and waypoints, while the other files only include groups of tracks, waypoints etc. The GPX files are good go for uploading to your GPS unit, but if you want to do additional editing to the maps in caltopo, use the JSON file and import this into a new caltopo map instead of the GPX file. If you upload the GPX file to caltopo, all of the formatting and color coding is lost. For example; each water source waypoint is marked by a different color that represents varying degrees of water availability. If you were to upload the GPX file to caltopo, all of these water sources would revert to red waypoints (the default). The JSON file retains all of these colors and formatting, which is what you want if you are going to be working with the maps further in caltopo.